Twitch is launching a new part of their streaming service as a beta: Twitch Communities. Its purpose is to offer a different way of discovering content based around the type of content instead of the game itself. Perhaps I’m interested in speedrunning, but care less about which game. I can check out the Speedrunning Community.
Long ago, Twitch was actually called Justin.TV. It started out as one person who live streamed everything he did online. That soon expanded to a service where everyone could live stream. Soon, with rising costs and low views, the service pivoted to catering to gaming videos only and was renamed Twitch.
Yet that doesn’t seem to be the end for Twitch’s live streaming story. With competition from Facebook, Twitter, and other companies, there seems to be growth in the service’s non-gaming streams. The newly formed Painting community on Twitch shows different artists practicing live with commentary. Twitch IRL is another example of their commitment to expanding beyond just games.
The service is available now online and should be in the Android app as well, which is free to install on Google Play.